of Grand Master Dasira Narada
On the journey of spiritual cultivation, many practitioners have collapsed on the freezing snow or in the midst of the jungle before they could taste the nectar of enlightenment. Many others became discouraged, lost their volition, and gave up their goal. Some lost their minds, encountered the problem of internal heat dispersion, and became permanently disabled. The Eastern world is a sacred land rich in vital energy. India, China, and Tibet have produced many enlightened sages and renowned masters who possessed supernatural power. In this competitive world, science and technology have made considerable achievements. However, moral conscience has been degrading over time in many places. It has been thought that the teachings of the original doctrines for most religious denominations have reached the period of significant deterioration. However, providentially, the spiritual flame continues to shine in life. On October, 24th -1846, in the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka, the Founder Master DASIRA NARADA was born to a highly respected family. His father, Ajita Narada, was a Sri Lankan but carried the blood of the Bombayese. He was a diplomatic official with a strict character. His mother was Ceylonese, a gentle Buddhist with the virtues of a typical Asian woman. Inheriting qualities of his parents, the Founder Master had a fair complexion and a noble heart. He was the only son and the only hope for the family. Although his father wanted him to develop a career in foreign affairs, Dasira Narada did not give up his intention of searching for spiritual liberation. He enrolled in the study of Eastern philosophy at the University of Nalanda. In 1871, he earned a Ph.D. degree. The knowledge of Eastern philosophy helped him understand, deeply, the impermanence of life. His benevolence, noble aspiration, and philosophical background were the driving force, which propelled him to seek liberation for himself as well as for humankind. When his father passed away in 1888, the government of Sri Lanka invited Dasira Narada to take part in State affairs in place of his father. His dedication brought many satisfactory results to the Sri Lankan State Department. Because of his achievements, Dasira Narada had secured himself a bright future in the government. In 1893, suddenly, Dasira Narada resigned from his position, a position many others desired. Dressed in a discolored garment, carrying a walking stick, he quietly left on his search for spiritual cultivation. He reached the Himalayas and began his spiritual practice. After 18 years of self-cultivation, he attained illumination, opened his own chakras, and was able to absorb the universal energy into his body. The extraordinary thing was that he also discovered a way to open chakras for others, without requiring them to go through a long and difficult process as he had. With profound realization of the Ultimate Truth and expanded consciousness, the Founder Master introduced new vision for human life and developed the teachings of U.H.B.E. After years of traveling to help people, in 1916, the Founder Master found a successor who had just reached the age of 18. With great confidence, the Founder Master passed on all his knowledge and hoped his successor would continue teaching U.H.B.E. to humankind. After 8 years of teaching this disciple, in 1924, the Founder Master left for an unknown place and no one ever saw him again. His successor became the Second Grand Master. The Second Grand Master was a Christian. After he accepted the mission from the Founder Master Dasira Narada, he changed to the practice of Buddhism under the Buddhist name of Narada Mahathera. At the same time, he quietly practiced and maintained the disciplines of U.H.B.E.. The Second Grand Master had an affinity to Vietnam. During the years of 1930-1950, he visited many places in Vietnam. He represented the Indian Buddhist Society and offered the Vietnamese Buddhist Society some of the Buddha’s relics, Bodhi trees, and spiritual literature – vestiges of Buddha Sakyamuni. In 1972, the Second Grand Master visited Vietnam for the last time and he privately instructed five Vietnamese (4 men and 1 woman) to protect the U.H.B.E. teachings. In 1974, he returned to Sri Lanka. On Sunday, October 2nd of 1983, he passed away at the age of 85 in Vajirarama Temple, where he had been the leader during the last years of his life. His funeral was solemnized as a state funeral by the Sri Lankan government and Sri Lankan Buddhist Society.